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Perfect Homemade Subway Bread recipe, just like the restaurant. This recipes makes a perfect copycat loaf of Subway bread for sandwiches at home.

I love making homemade bread. It’s easier than you think-try these simple bread recipes: Homemade Italian Bread, Easy Bread Sticks Recipe andMom’s 4 Loaf Wheat Bread Recipe.

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Homemade Subway Bread

You guys, they turned out amazing! Really and truly. Plus, it wasn’t all that hard to do. Next time I’m going to double the recipe so that I have some leftovers and I’m going to try to freeze them. Lucky for me, I found a jar of pickled banana peppers in the pantry too. My sandwich was half banana peppers and half everything else because those are my favorite thing ever.

The homemade Subway bread was just perfect. It had a very soft crust (thanks to a little butter and letting them steam in a towel as they cooled) and a light middle, and it kind of smashed into nothing when you ate it. Just like the real thing. Sure, Subway is cheap, but it’s pretty fun to make them at home. Your family will be shocked and amazed at your mad skills and you’ll be able to put on as many banana peppers as your heart desires. Best deal ever!

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Just top with your favorite sandwich toppings and a heavy hand of mayo and you’ll have yourself something ridiculously close to an authentic Subway sandwich made at home. Even if you aren’t craving Subway, this homemade Subway bread recipe is a great one to keep on hand for any future hoagie needs.

Tips and Tricks for making Homemade Subway Bread:

  • I have had a few people email me and say that just before baking they brushed the outside of the dough with olive oil or butter and then sprinkled on some Italian seasoning and some Parmesan cheese for a great homemade Subway Italian Herb and Cheese bread. I can’t wait to try this myself.
  • This bread froze just about as well as other breads. It was still soft but seemed a bit dryer after freezing. Fresh is best but they do freeze and thaw well.
  • Like pickled banana peppers as much as I do? Check out my recipe on how to make easy refrigerated pickled banana peppers (great use for extra garden or farmer’s market produce).
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How do I know how much flour to add to bread dough?

If you haven’t ever made dough before, the goal is to add just enough flour for it to be a soft but not sticky dough. If you add too much flour, you’ll end up with Subway bricks instead of bread.

Can I still make homemade bread without a stand mixer?

No stand mixer? This recipe can be made by hand, just be sure to knead itfor a full 8 minutes. That’s a long time but developing the gluten helps the bread to be soft.

Can I incorporate whole wheat flour in this bread recipe?

This recipe works well with half whole wheat flour mixed with half all-purpose flour for whole wheat sub buns.

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More amazing bread recipes:

  • Classic French Baguette Recipe (this is an overnight recipe, easier than you’d think, and makes such amazing sandwiches)
  • My Favorite Go-To Sourdough Bread Recipe
  • 100% Whole Wheat Bread Recipe (my favorite whole grain sandwich bread, it’s super soft)
  • Sourdough Hamburger Buns

If you’ve tried thiseasyhomemadesubway bread recipeor any other recipe on Bless this Mess, then don’t forget torate the recipeand leave me a comment below! I would love to hear about your experience making it. And if you snapped some pictures of it, share it with me onInstagramso I can repost on my stories AND add your photo to your comment so that other can see your creation.

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Homemade Subway Bread Recipe

By: Melissa Griffiths

Perfect homemade Subway bread recipe, just like the restaurant. This recipe makes a perfect copycat loaf of Subway bread for sandwiches at home.

Prep: 15 minutes mins

Cook: 25 minutes mins

Rise Time: 1 hour hr

Total: 2 hours hrs 10 minutes mins

Servings: 8 (makes 4 nine-inch sub buns


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  • 1 cup warm water, (110 degrees F)
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour


  • In the bowl of your stand mixer, add the water, yeast, sugar, salt, and olive oil. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes.

  • Add 1 cup of flour and mix with the dough hook for 3 to 5 minutes. Add an additional cup of flour and mix until well combined. Continue adding the flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until a soft dough is formed. The dough should still stick to the bottom of of the bowl, but pull away from the sides. Let the dough mix for around 8 minutes total.

  • When the dough has come together but is still sticking a bit to the bottom of the bowl, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. The dough should be very soft. Shape the dough into a ball and return it to the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise for a half hour.

  • After the dough has risen, turn it out onto a clean surface and divide it into 4. Roll each piece of dough into a long skinny loaf that is about 9 to 10 inches long.

  • Place the rolled loaves onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or a baking mat. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Allow at least 2 inches between each loaf on the pan.

  • Cover the loaves with a greased piece of plastic wrap and allow the loaves to rise until doubled, about an hour.

  • Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. When the loaves are ready, bake them in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.

  • When the loaves come out of the oven, rub the tops with a stick of butter and cover them with a dish towel to cool.

  • Let the loaves cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting down the middle and topping with your favorite sandwich fixings.


Rubbing the loaves with butter and covering them with a towel to cool are part of what keeps them very soft, so be sure not to miss those steps.


Serving: 1/2 of a sub bun, Calories: 254kcal, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 437mg, Potassium: 59mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin C: 0.001mg, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 2mg

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Tried and True Bread Recipes:

  • Homemade Cornbread Muffins
  • Grandma Lucy’s Famous Clover Rolls
  • Jumbo Dinner Rolls
  • Whole Wheat Spinach Bread
  • Big Soft Pretzels
  • Homemade Italian Bread
  • Easy Bread Sticks Recipe
  • Pineapple Zucchini Bread Recipe
  • One Hour Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

NOTE: One of the awesome Bless this Mess readers, Kim, had great success using her bread machine to make this recipe. Since so many have asked about that I thought I would share her notes. Kim said that she let the bread machine run the full dough cycle (which is 1.5 hours long). After the cycle she shaped the loaves and let them rise for an hour before baking. Here’s how Kim’s homemade sub bun turned out:

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Thank you for sharing Kim! I hope that helps someone else out too.

Enjoy this perfect Homemade Subway Bread recipe, just like the restaurant. This recipes makes a perfect copycat loaf of Subway bread for sandwiches at home.

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What ingredients are in Subway bread? ›

Wheat Flour (Thiamine, Folic Acid), Water, Yeast, Wholemeal Concentrate (3%) (Wheat Bran, Wheat Germ), Sugar, Wheat Gluten, Bread Improver (Soy Flour, Emulsifiers (472e, 481, 471), Flour Improver (300), Enzymes (Wheat), Iodised Salt (Potassium Iodate, Anti-Caking Agent (535)), Canola Oil, Mineral Salt (170), Caramel ( ...

How do they make bread at Subway? ›

Subway bread is a white bread recipe that you cut and roll into logs. Once the dough is formed the bread gets sprayed with water and dredged in an Italian Herb and cheese blend before it hits the silicone bread molds. It then gets scored and rises until tripled in size then bakes.

How to make your own Subway sandwich? ›

Cut your bread in half lengthwise, leaving it attached at the back. Open it and layer 5 slices of deli meat of choice along the bread. Top with 3 slices of cheese. In your oven, put the open sandwich under the broiler until the cheese is melted.

Why does Subway put sugar in their bread? ›

Lots of bread recipes add sugar, some just a bit to feed the yeast, some more, to sweeten the bread. Subway has probably spent hours, weeks, possibly months, testing recipes and finding the perfect mix to satisfy their customers. If people didn't like their bread, they would sell fewer sandwiches.

Does Subway make their bread from scratch? ›

Subway bread used to be mixed in-store but is now made off-site in large scale food processing facilities. Bread is delivered to the store on a weekly or bi-weekly basis as frozen breadsticks. The bread is then thawed, proofed, and baked in-store at least twice a day (more for busier stores).

What is the unhealthiest bread at Subway? ›

Italian Herbs & Cheese The Italian Herbs & Cheese bread is one of the unhealthiest options at Subway. While this bread packs lots of flavor, it's high in fat and sodium. On the bright side, it does have a decent amount of protein and vitamins, which may be worth the extra flavor punch.

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